Message from the USC Asian Pacific Alumni AssociationThankful for What Was, Is and Will Be!

It’s amazing how quickly this year has flown by for our Asian Pacific Trojan Family. Yet here we are, preparing for the holidays as the fall semester draws to a close. Although we sometimes faced challenges, there is so much to be thankful for as we look ahead to 2023—specifically, the events and programs that brought us together and strengthened our Trojan Family ties.

Just being able to meet in person again was a cause for celebration in itself! Some of the year’s highlights included our summer OC mixer at South Coast Plaza; a trip to see the hit musical Moulin Rouge at the Pantages in Hollywood; our welcome scholar reception at the University Club; and the launch of our Hawaii regional committee in October. Over the last few months, we hosted multiple events: our APAA Homecoming Tailgate, a Miss America Send-Off for one of our former scholars and a YAC panel discussion regarding activism and social justice in the APIDA community.

As we wrap up this semester, we can see that there is so much to look forward to next year. Here are some of our upcoming events:

Scholarship Applications (now)

To begin, our scholarship applications for 2023-24 are now available.  We need to get the word out so that students can begin their application process.  Also let us know if you (or other alums) are interested in participating in the interview and application review process.  Non-board members are welcome to participate.

AP FilmFest (February 11, 2023)

Film submissions are being accepted until Friday, December 16.  Please encourage film students (or grads) to participate!  For those interested in reviewing and rating the short films, please contact Sky Kogachi.  The review of submissions will take place in late December – early January.

APAA Scholarship & Awards Gala (April 22, 2023)

This is our signature event that fundraises toward the scholarship endowment. Please save the date on your calendar and join us at the Langham on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Let’s start inviting friends and family as well as seeking sponsorships and silent auction items.  The slate of honorees will be announced soon.

We have many opportunities for everyone to get involved and connected with the Trojan Family.  It is our hope that you will find opportunities to experience the support and camaraderie of being in the Trojan network, as well as the satisfaction of serving and giving back.

Blessings to you and your families during this special holiday season!

Warm regards,

Ada Yeh ’89
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors